ProfMike, 6/ 1/2011 - 4:10pm "The first time I can remember ever agreeing with Ted. Who would think that a constitutional libertarian could find common ground with Ted, a prototypical Marxist?
Two parties has been a problem. I think, though, that the Obama administration might be redefining the system. We've had horrible presidents of each party in the past. But we have never before had a president committed to actually and openly ending the fundamental principles upon which both parties had previously based their policy perspectives.The result may well be a party realignment such as what happened following the Democrats failure to stop the Civil Rights Movement. Those traditional Democrats who still believe in individual freedom, economic liberty and the wisdom of an identifiable national border seem likely to end up in league with the establishment Republicans and Moderates. Meanwhile the internationalist Marxist types following the Obama model, will create a very different wing. The Tea Party types -- who are essentially traditional economic conservatives and Reagan Democrats -- find themselves in yet another segment. Whether somehow this structure empowers a two-party system remains to be seen. A charismatic leader seems capable of establishing a third party, barring interference from the media (which would very likely savage any realignment that didn't benefit the Marxist wing), and change could come.
Coalition governments and elections scheduled on performance would be an improvement. Imagine a vote of no-confidence in Bush when there were no WMDs in Iraq? Imagine a similar vote on Obama after packaging a "stimulus" package that just coincidentally gave almost a trillion dollars to his special interest groups and campaign donors.
Seems to me a multi-party system would be a definite improvement.
Or, as a member of the Israeli government told me years ago: "Democracy? The one thing we have too much of!""
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